Have you ever jumped into a new fitness program feet first and promptly fallen off the wagon? Maybe you missed a workout or two or you best intentions with food didn’t really turn out how you’d hoped?
Have you ever felt like there was no point in starting something because you couldn’t commit as much time as you might have liked? Perhaps work is a bit crazy or you’ve got some events coming up?
This article is most definitely for you if you answered yes to one or both of these questions! It’s all about the all or nothing mentality. It’s very common and I see it time and time again in my work as a personal trainer.
When we have an all or nothing mentality, we believe we have to put in 100% effort, 100% of the time or there is simply no point doing it at all. If we can’t do it perfectly, we won’t try. It’s incredible how many of us have this instinct when it comes to improving our health and fitness.
I know I’ve avoided starting things in the past, more than once, because I thought I had to go in all and do it perfectly from the beginning. I bet you’ve done it too. But do we really need to do this? Could we be going about things the wrong way? What if there was another way of thinking about things?
Deciding to think about our health and fitness in a different way can be a pretty radical thing, especially for those self-confessed perfectionists out there. Things going wrong tend to send us spiralling out of control and it can very easily feel as though you’ve stuffed the whole thing up.
My challenge to you, is to ditch the all or nothing mentality, to stop getting bogged down in doing everything perfectly all the time.
Top Tips to Help You Ditch the All or Nothing Mentality
- Start slowly. Allow space for things not to go 100% as you expect, that’s life. There are some things we have little to no control over and that’s okay. We just have to roll with it as best we can.
- Set mini goals. Little wins to celebrate as you go to help keep you showing up and doing the best you can in the time you have.
- Ensure you are setting the bar at a realistic level based on the time you know you have, allowing any extra on top to be a bonus.
- Think about things objectively, what is the real impact of missing that workout or having an enjoyable meal out with friends and family?
Going all out with this all or nothing mindset is really just setting yourself up for frustration and disappointment.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Be realistic, don’t think things will go 100% to plan all the time, they never do. Know that it is okay if you have a bad day or a bad week. Don’t let it unravel the work you’ve already been putting in. Draw a line in the sand and carry on as best you can.
Don’t put off starting until everything is perfect, you could be making some really awesome progress right now if you start thinking about the journey in a different way.
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